No agreement for grant of extension to Afghan refugees: spokesman

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 24: A Spokesman of Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) on Monday clarified that no agreement has been made with any one for grant of extension in stay of Afghan refugees beyond 2015. Clarifying the factual position regarding a news item appearing in a section of the media in connection with extension in stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan beyond 2015, the Spokesman noted with great concern that the reports are not correct. “No agreement has been made with any one for grant of extension in stay of Afghan refugees beyond 2015″, he said. The Spokesman further clarified that in the Tripartite Commission meeting held in Kabul on August 21, 2015, a request was put forward for considering the case for extension in stay of Afghan refuges in Pakistan beyond December, 2015. He added they were informed in very clear terms that this is a matter which can only be decided by the Federal Cabinet and their request will be placed before the Cabinet in due course of time. In this regard and other connected issues, the Minister for States and Frontier Regions is expected to brief media shortly wherein the actual situation will be amply clarified.

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